August 31, 2010Another first for Sachin Tendulkar
India's top cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is not new to awards and honours, will be conferred with IAF's honorary rank of Group Captain. Once Tendulkar receives the honour, he would be the first sports person to be conferred a rank by IAF and the first personality with no aviation background to have got this honour.
Pakistan to deliver their best against Eng: Waqar
Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis on Tuesday insisted that his team will perform to the fullest in the upcoming Twenty20 and One-Day series against England despite the 'spot-fixing' controversy surrounding the tour.
Kevin Pietersen dropped from England squad
Kevin Pietersen was dropped by England on Tuesday for the first time in his international career.
Three more held in 'spot-fixing' scam
Three more arrests have been made by the Customs investigators in connection with the 'spot-fixing' scandal involving Pakistani cricketers.
Tainted Pak players be questioned by Scotland Yard
In a dramatic new twist to the 'spot-fixing' scandal that has rocked world cricket, Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and two other tainted players, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif, were on Tuesday stopped from practicing at Taunton.
Pakistan-England ODIs must be stopped, says Kumble
Former India skipper Anil Kumble hit back at Australian captain Ricky Ponting, saying spot-fixing is not limited to subcontinent but its a worldwide problem.
'IPL players were approached for spot-fixing'
Indian Premier League (IPL) cricketers had been approached about spot-fixing over the last two-and-a-half years, former India player Atul Wassan said on Tuesday.
Pakistan agency sends team to probe corruption
Pakistan's top crime investigative agency will send a team to Britain this week to probe corruption allegations against some of the country's cricket players, a senior official said on Tuesday.
We were warned over deliberate no-balls: Hair
Former Test umpire Darrell Hair is not surprised by the recent match-fixing scandal as he claimed that ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had issued a warning a decade ago mentioning the possibilities of Pakistan bowling deliberate no-balls in matches.
Watson says he was approached by illegal bookmaker
Australian cricketers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin confirmed they were approached by a suspected Mumbai gangster, linked with bookmakers in India, during the tour of England last year.
ODI series against Pakistan should go on: Broad
England dressing room is still in a "state of shock" after the spot-fixing allegations surfaced against Pakistani cricketers but young fast bowler Stuart Broad says the upcoming one-day series should go ahead as scheduled.
'Send the Pakistan team home from England'
Irked by the slow approach of authorities in taking action against cricketers accused of spot-fixing, a British newspaper on Tuesday slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC) and called for the entire Pakistan team be sent home from England.
Court notice for PCB on fixing allegations
A Pakistani court on Tuesday issued notices to the Sports Ministry and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), asking them to file responses on the spot-fixing scandal by September 7.
Pakistan will not drop players without proof: PCB
Pakistan will not suspend any players being investigated for alleged corruption without proof of wrongdoing, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt says.
ICC wants Pakistan to drop tainted players
The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to drop the accused players at the centre of allegations of match-fixing from their squad for the forthcoming One-Day International series against England.
Younis sends legal notice to British tabloid
Former captain Younis Khan sent a legal notice to British tabloid News of the World, which claimed in a report that he like several Pakistan cricketers had signed Mazhar and Azhar Majeed as his agents in the United Kingdom.
Mumbai gangster approached Watson, Haddin
Australian cricketers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were approached by a suspected Mumbai-based gangster with links to illegal bookmakers during their tour of England last year, it was reported on Tuesday.
Give the accused fair chance to explain: Imran
Pakistan's former cricket captain Imran Khan pleaded for the cricketers accused in the spot-fixing controversy in England to be given a fair chance to clear their names, but said if the allegations came out true it would be a "big setback".
ICC vows 'prompt action' against guilty players
The International Cricket Council promised that 'prompt and decisive action' will be taken against Pakistani players if they are found guilty of 'spot-fixing' in the fourth Test against England in London.
August 30, 2010'Give exemplary punishment to guilty players'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday joined the chorus of the international cricket fraternity in asking for exemplary punishment to Pakistani players if found guilty of 'spot-fixing' but advised for a thorough probe before coming into conclusions.
Will hang up boots only by 2013-14: Muralitharan
Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Monday made it clear he will continue to play cricket for another three years as he felt fit enough to feature in Indian Premier League and English county circuit.
Uncovered: Who is Mazhar Majeed
Mazhar Majeed, the man at the centre of 'spot-fixing' controversy that has engulfed world cricket, is known to many members of the Pakistan team as a UK-based agent and has spent the past decade building up an image as a successful businessman, a report said.
Pakistan may drop players under investigation
Pakistan could release any players under investigation for alleged corruption from their squad for the one-day series against England.
ICC rules out Pakistan abandoning England tour
International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar has ruled out the possibility of the Pakistan team abandoning their tour of England following allegations of spot-fixing. 'It is the desire of the ICC and the cricket boards of England and Pakistan that the game should continue,' he told reporters Monday.
Media criticism affected Yuvraj's batting: Murali
Middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh will soon rediscover his touch and play an important role for India in the next year's World Cup in the sub-continent, feels legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
'CBI must look into the match-fixing scandal'
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has urged the Central Bureau of Investigation to look into claims of an Indian bookmaker's role in the latest match-fixing episode to hit cricket.
Miandad ready to coach Pakistan again
Former captain Javed Miandad on Monday expressed his desire to coach the Pakistan cricket team once again if the PCB decides to replace the accused players and the management in England in the wake of the match-fixing scandal.
'Betting is at its fiercest in the sub-continent'
The Indian sub-continent is the hub of corruption in cricket because of the game's popularity and financial might there, former England captain Mike Artherton said.
'Bookies earned 20mn pounds from Pak tour to Eng'
The shocking match-fixing scandal, involving the Pakistan team, turned out to be a money spinner for the bookies with reports suggesting that the fixers may have raked in at least 20 million pounds from Pakistan's matches in England this summer.
'ICC want police report before taking any action'
International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar on Monday said the allegations of 'spot-fixing' and 'match-fixing' against Pakistani cricketers are very serious but the ICC will wait for a report from the police in London before deciding on its course of action.
'Suspend Pakistan, scrap the ODI series'
The 'spot-fixing' scandal involving Pakistani cricketers threatens the very existence of the sport, according to the British media, which called for Pakistan's suspension from international cricket and life bans on the guilty players.
Former ICC CEO Speed suggests ban on Pakistan
Allegations of spot-fixing is "endemic" to Pakistan cricket and suspending the entire team is an option, feels former ICC CEO Malcolm Speed.
Vaughan blames ICC for not keeping cricket clean
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit has failed to keep cricket clean and blamed the taskforce for not policing the sport properly.
Fixing scandal is for ICC and PCB to deal: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday chose to remain mum on the 'spot-fixing' scandal involving Pakistani players, saying the matter is for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to deal with.
Sydney Test: Australia shocked by fixing claims
Australia's cricketers remain convinced their Test victory over Pakistan in Sydney earlier this year was achieved fairly after the contest has once again become the subject of match-fixing allegations.
'Tainted' Pakistan players face life threats
Pakistan cricketers, who are allegedly involved in the match-fixing scandal, fear for their lives amid warnings that militants have put a price on their heads, according to security experts.
Ban those guilty of match-fixing: Former captains
Former cricket captains around the world on Monday reacted with shock and anger at the 'spot-fixing' scandal involving Pakistani players and demanded life bans for the guilty to wipe out corruption from the sport.
Fans greet Pakistan players with rotten tomatoes
Reacting angrily to the match-fixing allegations, fans greeted the Pakistan cricket team with boos, jeers and pelted the team bus with rotten tomatoes as they used the stadium's back gate after crashing to a humiliating defeat by England at Lord's on Sunday.
Pak cricketers face more match-fixing allegations
More skeletons tumbled out on Monday in the match-fixing saga with reports saying that the first Test between England and Pakistan in the just-ended series and Pakistan and Australia in Sydney in January were also fixed.
Fixing slur on Sydney Test most disturbing: CA
Rattled by a bookie's claim that the Sydney Test between Australia and Pakistan was fixed, Cricket Australia on Monday said the allegations are "most disturbing" and called for a thorough investigation into the scandal.
Sydney milestones would be tainted: Ponting
Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday said if the match-fixing slur on his team's Sydney Test win over Pakistan is proved right, all individual milestones by his players in that game would be "tainted".
'Justice should be done quickly in 'fixing' scam'
New Zealand Cricket was on Monday guarded in its response to the 'spot-fixing' scandal that has rocked the game, saying that justice should be done quickly to prevent the controversy from dragging on.
First England-Pakistan Test was fixed too
Pushed to the wall by allegations of 'spot-fixing' in the Lord's Test, the Pakistan cricket team could find itself in more trouble as reports in London claim that the side's players also rigged the opening Test against England, which the hosts won by a massive 354 runs.
Pak players face arrest for fixing scam: report
Following the match-fixing scandal, the Pakistan cricket team looks set for further trouble after it was reported on Monday that large quantities of bank notes were found in the London hotel rooms of a few Pakistan cricketers and they could be arrested on charges of corruption.
Bookie Majeed claims Pak-Aus Sydney Test was fixed
Bookie Mazhar Majeed, who was arrested for alleged 'spot-fixing' in the fourth and final Test between England Pakistan at Lord's, has claimed that the result of the Sydney Test between Australia and Pakistan in January was rigged.
Zardari, Gilani disappointed over 'fixing' scandal
Pakistan's top leadership on Sunday expressed disappointment and concern over a fresh match-fixing scandal involving some of the country's cricketers and sought a report on the issue from the cricket board.
'Fixing' scam bookie Majeed released on bail
Bookie Mazhar Majeed, at the centre of the Pakistan match-fixing scam, was released on bail without charge on Monday following his arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.
'Spot-fixing' - the latest threat to cricket
'Spot-fixing' has emerged as the latest threat to the integrity of cricket after the match-fixing scandal which rocked the game 10 years ago.
Spot Fixing: 'Pak must send out strong message'
Pakistan's former captain Imran Khan has expressed disappointment over allegations of spot-fixing against some Pakistani players and said the charges if found true had the potential to cause great damage to cricket in the country.
'Asif indulged in spot fixing on Aus tour'
Popular Pakistani actress Muhammad Asif's former girlfriend, Veena Malik, has added to the woes of the embattled pacer by claiming that she has proof of his involvement in spot-fixing and that he has been in touch with bookmakers in the recent past.
Spot fixing: Upset Pak sending probe team to UK
The three-member delegation would fly to London immediately, as the government had taken serious notice of the latest fixing scandal to involve Pakistan team, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik told media persons.
August 29, 2010New video shows two Pak cricketers meeting bookie
More video footage which could implicate two new players of the Pakistan cricket team in allegations of corruption was released by British tabloid News of the World' on Sunday.
Pakistan to complete England tour despite probe
Pakistan intend to complete their England cricket tour despite a police investigation into corruption allegations involving the fourth Test which concluded at Lord's on Sunday.
Why should I step down: Butt
A defiant Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt on Sunday refused to step down from his post despite his name cropping up in a 'spot-fixing' scandal that has plunged the game into a crisis.
Dhoni loses top spot, Sehwag rises in ODI rankings
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his number one spot but opening batsman Virender Sehwag gained eight places to return to the top-10 in the ICC ODI rankings issued on Sunday.
India fined for slow over-rate in tri-series final
The Indian cricket team was on Sunday fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their defeat to Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-nation series at Dambulla.
England crush Pakistan in controversial Test
England completed a crushing innings and 225 run victory over Pakistan in the fourth and final Test at Lord's on Sunday on a morning overshadowed by corruption allegations.
Pak Prez orders report on fixing claims
Taking serious note of the 'spot-fixing' scandal that rocked Pakistan cricket team in the ongoing fourth Test against England in London, President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday asked for an immediate preliminary report from PCB chairman Ijaz Butt into the allegations.
Pakistan stunned at latest fixing claims
Pakistan's cricket community reacted with shock to fresh allegations that some players took bribes for spot fixing in the current series against England.
Pak players involved with bookies during T20 WC?
The Pakistani cricketers' cup of woes seems to be spilling over as British detectives have got hold of audio tapes in which some of them are heard discussing 'spot-fixing' with bookies during the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year.
'Players guilty of match-fixing should be banned'
Former England batsman Allan Lamb has demanded life bans for Pakistani cricketers if they are found guilty of being involved in 'spot-fixing' or match-fixing in the ongoing Test at Lord's against England.
Latif warned of 'spot-fixing' seven years ago
Former captain Rashid Latif had warned of 'spot-fixing' in Pakistan cricket seven years ago in a letter to the ICC but instead of taking any action, his Board gave him a dressing down for writing directly to the world governing body.
'Spot-fixing': Newest crisis to hit Pak cricket
The shocking allegations of 'spot-fixing' against seven Pakistani cricketers are not the first for the country's players, who find themselves embroiled in such scandals at alarmingly regular intervals.
Indian cricketers return home
The Indian cricket team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday returned home after losing the tri-nation series final to Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday
'Pak cricketers only crave money, women, food'
A lot of Pakistani cricketers are 'just looking for money, women and food' and very few of them have any love for the game, claims the bookie arrested for alleged 'spot-fixing' in the England-Pakistan Test in London.
Match-fixing sting: Bookie claims Indian link
The bookie arrested by Scotland Yard for alleged 'pot-fixing' in the ongoing England-Pakistan Lord's Test claims to have links with bookmakers in India as well.
Lord's Test starts on time after man arrested
Play began as scheduled on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's on Sunday after a man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.
Pakistan endure worst day in their Test history
Pakistan endured the worst day in their turbulent cricket history on Sunday when a corruption scandal erupting overnight was succeeded by their heaviest Test defeat.
Our batsmen failed again, laments Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his batsemen after the tri-series final loss to Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday, saying they did not apply themselves.
Pak players bribed to 'fix' Lord's Test
International cricket was rocked by a match-fixing scandal on Sunday with as many as seven top Pakistani players, including captain Salman Butt, being under the scanner for their role in 'spot-fixing' in the ongoing fourth Test against England at Lord's.
August 28, 2010Sutcliffe inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
The late Herbert Sutcliffe, who opened the batting for Yorkshire and England, was formally inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Hall of Fame, at Lord's on Saturday.
BCCI Disciplinary Committee hearing on Sunday
After rejecting Lalit Modi's demand for recusal of two of its members, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Disciplinary Committee will meet in Mumbai on Sunday to decide the procedures and schedules for its probe against suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner.
ICC pitch consultant Atkinson to visit India
With less than six months to go for the commencement of the 2011 World Cup in the sub continent, International Cricket Council (ICC) pitch consultant Andy Atkinson will make a visit to India early next month.
No UDRS system for India-Australia series: BCCI
The much debated Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used in the forthcoming Test and ODI series between hosts India and Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Saturday.
England on verge of series win at Lord's
England swept the feeble Pakistan batting aside Saturday to move within sight of a series victory after a spirited comeback in the fourth and final Test at Lord's. At the close of the third day, Pakistan following on after they had collapsed to 74 all out, were 41 for four in their second innings, still trailing England by 331. England lead the series 2-1.
Modi's lawyer slams BCCI president Manohar
Lalit Modi's lawyer on Saturday lashed out at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar for calling the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman a "liar" and said that he should stop defending Board secretary N Srinivasan and take action instead.
BCCI's next president to be elected on Sept 29
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on September 29 in Mumbai during which it will choose a president-elect who would take over the reins from September 2011.
Australia begin preparations for India tour
Keen to perform well against India in the upcoming tour, Australian fast bowlers have started their preparations by practicing with SG balls, which will be used in the two-Test series in September-October.
Ranji Trophy match at refurbished Wankhede Stadium
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to stage the inaugural Ranji Trophy match at the refurbished Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 24 between defending champions Mumbai and Assam in the Elite League.
'Modi's charges against Srinivasan blatant lies'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday threw its weight behind secretary N Srinivasan and rejected suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's allegations that the senior official fixed the 2009 players' auction.
Revealed: The Fake IPL Player
Anupam Mukerji, whose blog posts hit the headlines during the Indian Premier League's second season in 2009, revealed his identity on the Times Now news channel on Saturday afternoon.
Sri Lanka thrash India to pocket tri-series title
Sri Lanka thrashed India by 74 runs in the final of the tri-series at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium on Saturday to complete a comprehensive triumph.
August 27, 2010Trott, Broad rally England after Amir devastates
Centuries by Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad saw England reach 346 for 7 at stumps on the second day of the fourth and final Test after Pakistan teenager Mohammad Amir tore through England's upper order batting claiming 6 for 73.
'Mumbai Indians has the team to win CL T20'
Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh says the team's key players have recovered from injuries and are raring to go.
Sangakkara wary of final jinx against India
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara adopted a cautious approach ahead of Saturday's tri-series final, saying India have come back strongly despite suffering some of their worst ODI defeats in the league stage, and it will take a special effort from his team to avoid a fifth consecutive final loss to them.
Annual report, accounts set to dominate BCCI meet
The passing of the annual report and accounts for the 2009-10 fiscal are set to dominate the agenda when the Board of Control for Cricket in India's all-powerful Working Committee (WC) meets in Mumbai on Saturday.
Ben Wheeler to replace Jacob Oram in Central Stags
Ben Wheeler will replace Jacob Oram in the Central Stags squad for the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20, in South Africa from September 10-26. The tournament's Technical Committee on Friday allowed the change after scans confirmed the injury-plagued New Zealand all-rounder will require surgery on his injured knee.
BCCI to file criminal case against Modi?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to file a criminal case against suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi, reports said on Friday.
August 26, 2010Strauss is only victim of wet day at Lord's
Pakistan dismissed England captain Andrew Strauss for 13 in the fourth and final Test at Lord's on Thursday in an opening day restricted by rain to just 12.3 overs.
Tough schedule will help Australia for WC: Hussey
Australia's tour of India and Ashes series against England will hold them in good stead as they look to win their fourth successive cricket World Cup next year, batsman Mike Hussey said on Thursday.
India to tour England next summer
India will tour England for Test, ODI and Twenty20 series after the cricket world Cup in the sub-continent next year.
'Remember, Test cricket is not garden cricket'
England batsman Jonathan Trott has said he must thrive under continuous pressure in Australia, and added that any jibes about his heritage during the Ashes, will fall on deaf ears.
Rain delays start of Pak-England Test
Rain delayed the start of play on the opening day of the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday. Heavy rain has fallen in London over the past 24 hours and after clearing briefly on Thursday morning it returned 20 minutes before the scheduled start time of 1000 GMT.
We won the bid for Flintoff fairly: Srinivasan
BCCI secretary and Chennai Super Kings franchise owner N Srinivasan on Thursday rubbished reports that he tried to 'fix' the IPL 2009 player auction and insisted that he won the bid 'fair and square'.
SA to play extra T20 for Pak flood relief
South Africa have agreed to play an additional Twenty20 match against Pakistan to raise funds for the country's flood victims, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Thursday.
Virat Kohli fined for showing dissent
India batsman Virat Kohli has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the tri-series ODI against New Zealand in Dambulla on Wednesday.
'IPL has brought harmony among foreign players'
International cricketers share a much better rapport with each other due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them the opportunity to know every player, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.
Mott has to quit as NSW coach to join IPL Kochi
A contender for the coaching job of the Indian Premier League Kochi franchise, Matthew Mott will have to resign as New South Wales coach if he accepts the lucrative offer from the new Twenty20 team.
Builders want to demolish Benaud's childhood home
Former Australian cricket captain and famed commentator Richie Benaud's childhood home at North Parramatta in the western half of Sydney is facing the possibility of being turned into rubble.
August 25, 2010'Except for Sehwag, our batsmen are struggling'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday said barring Virender Sehwag his batting department was having a tough time in the ongoing cricket tri-series in Sri Lanka.
2009 IPL auction fixed, claims a report
After being rocked by charges of financial irregularities, the Indian Premier League was on Wednesday hit by a fresh controversy with a report claiming that the players' auction in 2009 was fixed.
Pak bowlers looking to square series at Lord's
England will undergo another searching examination at the hands of an increasingly potent Pakistan attack in the final Test starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Sehwag's ton helps India storm into final
Virender Sehwag slammed a quickfire century and the pacers followed it up with a good showing with the ball to help India crush New Zealand by 105 runs and storm into the tri-series final in Dambulla, on Wednesday. New Zealand were bowled out for a paltry 118 in 30.1 overs in reply to India's 223 all out in 46.3 overs.
Pak cricketers donate win bonus to flood victims
The Pakistan cricket team, that won the third Test against England at the Oval on Saturday, has donated win bonuses worth 4,625,000 rupees ($54,400) to the floods relief effort in the country.
Botha keen to lead SA in One-Dayers
South Africa's new Twenty20 captain Johan Botha has his sights firmly set on taking over the ODI captaincy once Graeme Smith steps down after the World Cup next year.
August 24, 2010Need a spark of brilliance in batting: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday defended his woefully out-of-form batsmen, saying the team just needs one individual spark of brilliance for the entire line-up to click in the must-win tri-series match against New Zealand.
I would like to see an Indo-Pak match: Kapil Dev
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev has endorsed the idea of having a India-Pakistan match to raise funds for the millions of people stranded and displaced due to the floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan recall Akhtar for England ODIs
Former captain Younis Khan was again ignored by Pakistani selectors but fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was recalled to the 16-man squad for next month's one day series against England.
No proof that Pawar influenced IPL tax exemption
Giving a clean chit to Sharad Pawar, the Bombay high court on Tuesday said there is "nothing on record" to show that the Union Minister influenced the Maharashtra government's decision to exempt Indian Premier League matches from entertainment tax.
Will Chappell do a Ganguly with Ponting?
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is likely to be the primary target of the tough calls that Cricket Australia's first full-time selector Greg Chappell is poised to make.
India have the experience to bounce back: Taylor
India might be in woeful form right now but New Zealand captain Ross Taylor says the recent poor run would make Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men all the more dangerous when the two sides clash in a do-or-die encounter of the ODI cricket tri-series in Dambulla on Wednesday.
England must tighten technique: Boycott
Former opener Geoffrey Boycott has said England can kiss the Ashes Down Under goodbye if they continue to put up a batting performance like they did against Pakistan at The Oval.
'IPL has negated India's home advantage for WC
South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl feels India will not have much of a home advantage at next year's World cup as foreign players have adapted themselves to the conditions there, courtesy the Indian Premier League.
Nielsen retained as Aus coach till 2013 Ashes
Australia will retain coach Tim Nielsen until the end of the next Ashes series in England in 2013, the national cricket board said on Tuesday.
August 23, 2010Sachin shortlisted for ICC People's Choice Award
Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar is one of the five cricketers who have been shortlisted for the first LG People's Choice Award to be given away during the ICC prize distribution function in Bengaluru on October 6.
'England will dominate world cricket in 3-4 years'
England will become a dominant force in the cricketing world in the next three to four years, according to former Australia coach John Buchanan.
Brett Lee to reap rewards of Indian 'love affair'
Fast bowler Brett Lee, who hopes to get back into the Australian cricket team for the 2011 World Cup, could earn 20 million dollars in the next six to seven years from his Indian ventures like a clothing line, modeling assignments, a television deal and Bollywood roles.
'Our best win over India came in Sharjah'
Sri Lanka might have handed India its biggest ODI defeat in terms of balls remaining on Sunday, but captain Kumar Sangakkara feels the islanders' best victory against the team came way back in the year 2000 in Sharjah.
Ponting desperate to triumph in India
Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday attempted to diminish the Ashes fervour by stating that his team is desperate to triumph in India.
New Zealand rules out playing cricket in Pakistan
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Chief Executive Justin Vaughan has said that it is not possible for the Black Caps to travel to Pakistan to help with fundraising matches for the flood ravaged country.
Greg Chappell appointed full-time selector
Former captain Greg Chappell on Monday became Australia's the first full-time selector after being appointed as National Talent Manager by the Cricket Board.
India victim of dubious umpiring decisions
Though India comprehensively lost their tri-series match against Sri Lanka in Dambulla, they were distinctly unlucky to be at the receiving end of at least four dodgy decisions on Sunday.
'ICC should make technology compulsory'
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara was on Sunday in no mood to implicate the umpires for the dodgy decisions they handed to Indian batsmen in the tri-series match in Dambulla and said India should have agreed to the use Decision Review System to have a level playing field.
August 22, 2010Indian media boycott Dhoni's press conference
The Indian print media on Sunday boycotted captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's press conference as he did not turn up despite repeated reminders after his side slumped to a eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in a cricket tri-series match in Dambulla.
Nothing worked for us today: Dhoni
India were handed the worst ODI defeat in terms of deliveries remaining by Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Sunday and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that nothing went right for his side on the day, except for the fact that Yuvraj Singh was back among the runs.
England recall Bresnan for final Test
England have recalled bowler Tim Bresnan for the final Test against Pakistan at Lord's after defeat at the Oval left the series hanging in the balance.
NZ offers to play in Pak for flood victims
After Zimbabwe, New Zealand has offered to tour Pakistan for a one-off exhibition match to raise funds for the victims of the floods that has devastated the strife-torn country, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said on Sunday.
No Twitter, Facebook for English cricketers?
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to ban English cricketers from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook while on national duty.
Sehwag retains No 2 spot in ICC Test rankings
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag is the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the second spot in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Sunday.
Pak cricketers give match fees to flood victims
Pakistan have dedicated a proportion of their match fees to victims of the floods which have devastated their country following an upset win over England in the third Test at the Oval on Saturday.
Sri Lanka thrash India to enter final
Thisara Perera claimed a career-best haul of 5 for 28 as Sri Lanka beat India by eight wickets in the crucial tri-series match in Dambulla on Sunday.
August 21, 2010Zim offer to tour Pakistan to help flood victims
Zimbabwe's cricket team has offered to tour Pakistan to raise funds for the victims of the country's massive floods, despite the suspension of foreign visits following a militant attack last year.
Pakistan survive late scare to win third Test
Pakistan survived a late scare to beat England by four wickets with more than a day to spare in the third Test at the Oval on Saturday.
Botha appointed South Africa T20 captain
Off-spinner Johan Botha has replaced Graeme Smith as South Africa's Twenty20 captain, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Saturday.
McCullum obstructed my path: Sangakkara
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday defended his move during the unsavoury collision incident involving New Zealand's Nathan McCullum in Friday's tri-series match, saying it was the all-rounder who first obstructed his way.
Sangakkara gets clean chit in McCullum incident
The ICC on Saturday gave a clean chit to Kumar Sangakkara, who was involved in an unsavoury incident with New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum during a tri-series match, saying the Sri Lanka captain was found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.
'Had bruising meet with Warne, Gilly before IPL 3'
Retired cricketers, including Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne, had a 'bruising' argument with Ricky Ponting over touring India for the IPL III in the wake of security concerns, the current Australian captain said
Bowlers put Pakistan in charge at Oval
Pakistan transformed the course of the third Test against England at the Oval on Friday in a spectacular passage of play immediately after the tea interval on the third day. After Alastair Cook had more than doubled his previous aggregate of Test runs this summer with 110, including 16 boundaries, England appeared in control at 194 for three with a session to play.
August 20, 2010Pakistan in charge despite Cook's ton
England opener Alastair Cook ended a dismal run of form with an untypically aggressive 110, but England were 221 for 9, 146 runs ahead, in their second innings when bad light stopped play on the third day of the third Test against Pakistan.
Huge amount spent on ceremonies in IPL-2
The Indian Premier League spent over 55 crore in opening and closing ceremonies, entertainment and hospitality when the Twenty20 League was held in South Africa last year, with now suspended Lalit Modi at its helm. The cost of the opening and closing ceremonies, which was 7.36 crore in the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 in India, rose to Rs 18.37 crore, according to the statement of accounts presented on Friday at the IPL Governing Council's meeting in Mumbai.
Rain washes out SL-NZ match again
The fourth ODI in the tri-series, between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, was abandoned because of rain on Friday. Sri Lanka were 203 for 3 from 43.4 overs when the heavens opened up.
Deccan Chargers to field younger side in IPL-4
Deccan Chargers will feature younger players in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. The franchise's vice-president, E Venkat Reddy, said the team plans to scout for talent in local tournaments.
No decision yet on number of matches in IPL-4
The Indian Premier League's governing council failed to arrive at a decision on the number of matches to be played in the next edition of the Twenty20 tournament, at its meeting in Mumbai on Friday.
India, SA share honours in Emerging tournament
India shared honours with South Africa after the final of the 40-overs edition in the Emerging Players Tournament (EPT) was washed out in Brisbane. The decider between India and South Africa at Brisbane's Allan Border Field was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain.
Airtel bags India's home series sponsorship rights
Telecom giant Bharti Airtel won the Indian cricket team's home series sponsorship rights for a period of three years.
I'm ready to play at any number for MI: Pollard
West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard, among the most devastating batsmen lower down the order in IPL 3, is prepared to bat at any number for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in South Africa.
Senate Committee recommends Butt's removal
In a serious turn of events, a Senate Committee recommended President Asif Ali Zardari to remove Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt from his post after finding him guilty in two privilege motions.
India face Aus, NZ in World Cup warm-up matches
India will take on defending champions Australia and New Zealand in Bangalore and Chennai respectively in the warm-up matches of the Cricket World Cup, International Cricket Council said.
August 19, 2010Swann leads England's fightback against Pakistan
Graeme Swann kept England in contention in the third Test against Pakistan at the Oval on Thursday by capturing his 100th Test wicket during a day of attritional but invariably absorbing cricket.
'All IPL franchisees violated the company act'
The Government has found company law violations by all 10 franchisees of the Indian Premier League and has asked the Registrar of Companies to take penal action wherever necessary, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
NZ-SL match washed out, replay on Friday
The tri-series match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain in Dambulla, on Thursday. The match will have a fresh start on Friday, which has been kept as a reserve day.
Decision on number of matches in IPL-4 on Friday
A decision on the number of matches to be played in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will top the agenda of the Twenty20 League's Governing Council meeting in Mumbai, on Friday.
August 18, 2010Prior rescues England after debutant Riaz strikes
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior dug England out of deep trouble with an unbeaten 84 on the first day of the third Test on Wednesday as Pakistan reversed their terrible form of the first two Tests.
ICC to act against Randiv if found guilty
The ICC on Wednesday indicated that it will take action against guilty players under its Code of Conduct if it was established that Suraj Randiv deliberately bowled the no-ball to Virender Sehwag in Sri Lanka's tri-series match against India at Dambulla on Monday.
Randiv gets one-match ban for Sehwag no-ball
Suraj Randiv was suspended for one match and Tillakaratne Dilshan slapped a fine of 50 per cent of his match fees following an inquiry into the no-ball controversy that denied Virender Sehwag a century in the third ODI of the tri-series between India and Sri Lanka.
Enrique to perform at CLT20 opening ceremony
Spanish music sensation Enrique Iglesias will perform a special concert 'Enrique Live' at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg on September 9, an event which will inaugurate the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 that gets underway a day later at the Wanderers Stadium.
Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dhoni in ICC Awards shortlist
India's senior trio of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were rewarded for consistent performances last season with nominations in three categories for the 2010 ICC Awards, which will be held in Bangalore, on October 6.
Sangakkara takes blame for no-ball shame
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday took full responsibility for the 'no-ball' incident during his team's tri-series match against India and said his Board will take appropriate action if any player is found guilty.
SL are tired, we'll try to exploit that: Taylor
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor on Wednesday said the no-ball controversy would not affect Sri Lanka in Thursday's clash as much as the fatigue factor after playing two successive games.
Now, Sehwag taunts Sri Lankans
In an apparent taunt to Sri Lankan players who denied him a century in the controversial tri-series match at Dambulla, Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday suggested that the fear of defeat might have prompted them to abandon playing the game the right way.
BCCI steers clear of no-ball controversy
The BCCI stuck to its stand of steering clear of the no-ball controversy but said the Sri Lankan Board should take action against its players if they are found guilty of violating ICC rules during a tri-series match against India at Dambulla on Monday.
Smith steps down as South Africa's T20 captain
Graeme Smith will step down as captain of South Africa's One-Day International and Twenty20 teams in order to prolong his career, he said on Wednesday.
Randiv's no-ball was not right: Sangakkara
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday took full responsibility for the 'no-ball' incident during his team's tri-series match against India and said any player found guilty will be punished.
'Dilshan suggested Randiv to bowl no ball'
It was Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan who suggested off-spinner Suraj Randiv to bowl a no ball to deny Indian opener Virender Sehwag his century during Monday's controversial tri-series match in Dambulla, according a newspaper report.
Sangakkara under scanner for no-ball controversy?
Sri Lankan cricket board was examining stump microphone audios to determine whether captain Kumar Sangakkara or any of his team-mates had played a role in coaxing Suraj Randiv to bowl a 'no-ball' to prevent Virender Sehwag from scoring a century.
ICC welcomes SLC's move to inquire no-ball fiasco
The International Cricket Council welcomed Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to inquire into the deliberate no-ball controversy and said it would expect SLC to share the outcome of the report with the game's governing body.
August 17, 2010Randiv should be banned for five games: Bedi
Former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi on Tuesday lashed out at Suraj Randiv for his deliberate no-ball to Virender Sehwag, which denied the Indian opener a hundred in a tri-series match on Monday, saying that he should be banned for five games for his "unsporting" act.
World XI to visit Pakistan: ECB chairman Clarke
An International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI will visit Pakistan in a gesture of support for a country which is unable to stage international cricket at home because of security threats.
Chappell in running for Australian selector's job
Over two decades after he resigned as an Australian Test selector due to the 'archaic structure' of the then cricket administration, former India coach Greg Chappell is in the running to take over the job once again.
The Lankans left Dada too stranded on 98
Sri Lankan spinner Suraj Randiv deliberately bowling a no-ball and depriving Virender Sehwag of a well deserved century has a few recent parallels.
Swann blames cat over drink-drive charge
England bowler Graeme Swann told a police officer who stopped him for drink-driving that he had had to go out to buy screwdrivers to rescue his trapped cat, a court heard on Monday.
BCCI disciplinary panel meet on Modi put off
The BCCI disciplinary panel meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday to probe the alleged financial irregularities by suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi in running the Twenty20 league, has been put off due to non-availability of one of its members, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Lanka board launches probe into Randiv no-ball row
An upset Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday initiated an internal inquiry into the deliberate no-ball by off-spinner Suraj Randiv which denied Indian opener Virender Sehwag a hundred in their tri-series match in Dambulla.
PCB finally submits Lahore attack report to ICC
Following an unreasonable delay of nearly 18 months, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally submitted the judicial inquiry report concerning the terror attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009 to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
BCCI not to take up Randiv no-ball issue with SLC
With Suraj Randiv and Sri Lanka Cricket apologising for the deliberate no-ball which denied Virender Sehwag a hundred in a tri-series match on Monday, the BCCI on Tuesday decided against pursuing the matter any further.
Ex-players flay Randiv for 'unsporting behaviour'
Suraj Randiv's deliberate no-ball to Virender Sehwag, which denied the Indian opener a hundred in their tri-series ODI match on Monday, came in for sharp criticism by former players who felt the Sri Lankan spinner's antics were 'unsporting and unpardonable'.
Randiv has apologised to me: Sehwag
Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said Sri Lankan off-spinner Suraj Randiv, who denied him a hundred in Monday's ODI tri-series match by deliberately bowling a no ball, has apologised for his conduct.
Lankan cricket Board apologises to Sehwag
An 'upset' Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday apologised to Indian opener Virender Sehwag for the deliberate no-ball bowled by off-spinner Suraj Randiv which left him stranded on 99 in their tri-series match in Dambulla and promised action on the matter after getting a probe report.
Younis still hopeful of making comeback
Accepting the fact that exclusion from the national team is not a new thing for him, Pakistan former captain Younis Khan said that he is confident of making a comeback to the Pakistan side sooner or later.
This is not a controversy: Sehwag
Lashing out at Sri Lankan spinner Suraj Randiv for deliberately bowling a no-ball and depriving him of a well deserved century, India opener Virender Sehwag said such behaviour was unacceptable.
Randiv did it deliberately: Sehwag
In a highly unsporting and disgraceful conduct, Sri Lanka on Monday night prevented Indian swashbuckler Virender Sehwag a century in the tri-series match which invited a scathing reaction from former cricketers.
August 16, 2010Ponting backs Hauritz as Aus No 1 spinner
Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting on Monday picked Nathan Hauritz as his first choice spinner for the Test and ODI cricket tour of India this October.
England retain Cook for third Test
England have retained out-of-form opener Alastair Cook, who has hit only 100 runs in his last seven Test innings, for the third Test against Pakistan at the Oval.
Emerging Players: Mukund, Rahane seal easy win
Abhinav Mukund and Ajinkya Rahane smashed twin half centuries as India crushed New Zealand by seven wickets in their second match of the Emerging Players 40-over tournament in Brisbane.
Cricketers not being forced to play: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday denied receiving any complaint from Indian cricketers about hectic scheduling, and insisted that it is not forcing them to play in case of fatigue or injury.
No irregularities in accounts of IPL teams: Govt
The government on Monday clarified that accounting regulator ICAI hasn't reported any irregularity in the account books of some Indian Premier League teams. 'The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has not reported any irregularities in the accounts and violations of auditing norms by some Indian Premier League (IPL) teams,' Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told the Rajya Sabha.
Sehwag denied ton, but India whip Sri Lanka
Virender Sehwag slammed an unbeaten 99 to guide India to a crushing six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, in the third match of the tri-series in, Dambulla, on Monday. India cruised to 171 for four in 34.3 overs to take a bonus point after Sri Lanka, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 170 in 46.1 overs.
August 15, 2010'IPL contract obligates Kallis to play for RCB'
Tournament rules may suggest otherwise but South African Twenty20 champions Warriors chief Dave Emslie says Jaques Kallis had no option but to play for Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore in next month's Champions League Twenty20.
Sangakkara wary of wounded India
India might have been robbed off valuable practice ahead of their second tri-series match, but Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara does not feel that the visitors will be under prepared for Monday's game and his side is wary of their sub-continental neighbours.
'Bowling department needs a bit more rotation'
Injury-hit Indian bowlers are in desperate need of timely breaks, said skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday, insisting that the workload on them is "a bit too much" compared to the batsmen.
'Pak lack players with temperament for Tests'
Pakistan is struggling in the ongoing tour of England because the team lacks players with the "right temperament" for Test cricket but it will do better in the shorter versions of the game, feels One-day and Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi.
Afridi doesn't rule out playing in IPL again
He felt humiliated when Pakistani cricketers were snubbed by the Indian Premier League franchisees this year but all-rounder Shahid Afridi has not ruled out the possibility of playing in the lucrative Twenty20 league next year.
Yuvraj down with dengue, out of Lanka ODI
In yet another blow to India's campaign at the ongoing cricket tri-series, Yuvraj Singh was on Sunday ruled out of crucial Lanka ODI after being diagnosed with dengue.
August 14, 2010Kaneria cleared by ECB to play for Essex
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to return to Essex in time for the Friends Provident Twenty20 semi-final against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
PCB planning fresh showcause notice to Younis
The Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to issue a fresh showcause notice to Younis Khan for alleged indiscipline but the senior batsman's legal team has asserted that such a move would be "criminal".
Zulqarnain in doubt for third Test against England
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who made an impressive debut in the second Test against England at Edgbaston, is a doubtful starter for the third match starting at the Oval next week due to a finger injury.
'Aussie players unhappy with split-innings trial'
Australian cricketers are "very disappointed" with their Board for putting the controversial split-innings One-day format on trial in the National Cup as they were not even consulted before the radical move, Players' Association chief Paul Marsh has claimed.
August 13, 2010Lalit Modi denies payment of bonus to Majola
Suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Friday denied making a bonus payment of one million rand to Cricket South Africa chief Gerald Majola for agreeing to host the second edition of the T20 League in South Africa last year.
Sri Lanka register nervous win over Kiwis
Sri Lanka huffed and puffed to a three-wicket win over New Zealand in the second ODI of the cricket tri-series and helped India reclaim the second spot in the ICC ODI team rankings, in Dambulla on Friday.
Shoaib Akhtar working hard to revive career
Pakistan's discarded fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is yet to give up hopes of reviving his international career. He was recently seen practicing with the Pakistan 'A' players at Lahore's National Cricket Academy.
Anil Kumble will be spinning again
Indian spin legend Anil Kumble will share his skills with some of South Africa's leading and young spinners in a coaching clinic in Johannesburg next week.
CA approves split-innings ODIs for National Cup
The players might have opposed it but Cricket Australia on Friday approved a controversial 45-over, split innings one-day format for trial in the National ODI Cup this season.
White to disclose Victorian mates drawbacks?
Australian all-rounder Cameron White is facing a major dilemma of sorts when he takes part in next month's Champions League in South Africa as a member of the Bangalore Royal Challengers squad.
ECB warn players on conduct
England cricketers have been warned not to hurl the ball close to batsmen after pacer Stuart Broad was fined 50 per cent of his match fees during the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday for hurling the ball at Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider.
August 12, 2010I never took anything for granted: Tendulkar
He has played five cricket World Cups in a career spanning over 20 years and Sachin Tendulkar says he has never taken anything for granted in life and always depended on his hard work.
Aussies beat India in Emerging Players final
India failed to defend their title in the Twenty20 leg of the Emerging Players Tournament, suffering a 29-run defeat to the Australian Institute of Sports in the final at Brisbane on Thursday.
Oram a doubtful starter vs SL: Taylor
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has developed a tight hamstring and will be a doubtful starter for Friday's ODI tri-series match against Sri Lanka, Black Caps skipper Ross Taylor said in Dambulla.
BCCI stops Team India from returning for break
The humiliating 200-run defeat against New Zealand in the tri-series opener at Dambulla two days ago seems to have cost the Indian team in more ways than one.
Has Shane Warne undergone plastic surgery?
It seems that former Aussie cricketer Shane Warne has undergone plastic surgery.
Majola to hand back money received from Lalit Modi
Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola will pay back more than R1 million believed to have been paid to him as a bonus from funds provided by then IPL supremo Lalit Modi for agreeing to host the second edition of the event in South Africa last year.
Pak team could undergo sweeping changes in England
The touring Pakistan squad may undergo some big changes during the remaining part of their tour as pressure grows on PCB, national selectors and the team management for the string of defeats in England.
Allow Pakistan players to play in IPL 4: KKR
Nationality of cricketers should not matter in the Indian Premier League and franchises should be allowed to pick the best players from around the globe, feels KKR CEO Joy Bhattacharya, who recently signed an MOU with rookie Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan.
'Kallis in RCB colours a big blow for Warriors'
Star all-rounder Jacques Kallis not playing for Warriors is a huge loss but the side still have enough depth in batting and bowling to go all the way through in next month's Champions League Twenty20, feels all-rounder Johan Botha.
Munaf gets SOS call for SL tri-series
Fast bowler Munaf Patel is being rushed to Sri Lanka to bolster the Indian squad in the ongoing tri-series, also featuring New Zealand.
Aus pushing for umpire referrals in India series
Australia's cricket administrators are attempting to soften Indian opposition to the umpire decision referral system, starting with its use in the Test series between the two countries in October. Cricket Australia is pushing for the use of the system in the October series, with two Tests to be played in Mohali and Bangalore, as a precursor to the home Ashes series in which the UDRS will be used.
New Zealand cricket great digs in over ashes move
One of New Zealand's greatest cricketers is proving as difficult to shift in death as he was in life. Attempts to find and relocate the ashes of Bert Sutcliffe have failed because no-one recorded where they had been buried nine years ago, the Otago Daily Times newspaper reported on Thursday.
August 11, 2010Hussey to lead Bushrangers after White's switch
With all-rounder Cameron White choosing Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Victoria Bushrangers will now be captained by David Hussey in the Champions League T20 cricket tournament starting September 10 in South Africa.
ECB tells Pietersen to stay away from Lalit Modi
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked Kevin Pietersen to stay away from suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi after the two were spotted before the first Test against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
Injured Flintoff omitted from CSK CL T20 squad
Injury-plagued England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been left out of IPL champions Chennai Super Kings' final 15-member squad for next month's Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.
IPL scam: BCCI rejects Modi's demand
In a major setback to suspended Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday rejected his demand for the recusal of Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the disciplinary panel investigating the charges of financial irregularities against him.
Klusener to be Bangladesh bowling coach
Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener and ex-baseball player Julien Fountain are set to be appointed as Bangladesh bowling and fielding coaches, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
'Tendulkar's leadership will help Mumbai Indians'
Captain Sachin Tendulkar has an uncanny ability to inspire his team-mates to perform several notches up and that will make a huge impact on Mumbai Indians' campaign in next month's Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa, believes batsman Jean-Paul Duminy.
Aus experiments with split-innings in one-dayer
Cricket Australia tried out the split-innings format in a one-day match for the first time between South Australian Redbacks and Tasmanian Tigers at the Marrara Oval in Darwin.
August 10, 2010Murali magic at Champions League T20 clinic
Retired Sri Lankan spin-wizard Muttiah Muralitharan was the star attraction when players representing various Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) franchise teams attended a coaching clinic at a school in Parkmore, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.
Modi submits IPL documents to ED
Suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's attorney on Tuesday submitted documents relating to the cash-rich Twenty20 league before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Mumbai.
India deserve to be No 1 Test side: Muralitharan
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara might find the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings system flawed but the country's retired spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan feels it is alright and India are a deserving number one in the Test Championship.
KKR sign Pakistan fast bowler Irfan
Kolkata Knight Riders began preparations for season four of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by signing lanky Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan on the recommendation of their bowling coach Wasim Akram, it was reported on Tuesday.
Kiwis cruise to Taylor-made win over India
Ross Taylor captained New Zealand a second time in the opening match of the tri-series against India at Dambulla. And the Black Caps thrashed their more fancied opponents by a whopping 200 runs.
Butt demands fielding improvements from Pakistan
Pakistan must improve their lacklustre fielding before the third Test against England, captain Salman Butt said on Monday after counting 14 missed catching chances in the nine-wicket loss at Edgbaston.
Yousuf refused to play in Edgbaston: Ejaz Butt
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ejaz Butt has said that middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf had refused to play the ongoing second Test against England at Edgbaston after joining the team one day before the match.
Broad needs to manage his temper on field: Hussain
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has said that fast bowler Stuart Broad needs to manage his temper on the cricket field.
I'm looking forward to IPL 4: Warne
Australian spin wizard Shane Warne expressed his willingness to play in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League next year.
August 09, 2010Injuries are blessing in disguise: Dhoni
India will be without many key players in the tri-series due to injuries but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says it's a blessing in disguise as it presents them with an opportunity to test bench strength ahead of the 2011 World Cup.
India's batting line-up looked 'monstrous'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram reckons that trio of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid gave India's batting line-up a 'monstrous' look in the just-concluded Test series against Sri Lanka.
Tri-series is good preparation for WC: Taylor
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor on Monday said the tri-series in Sri Lanka would earn Black Caps some valuable experience of playing in sub-continent conditions before the 2011 World Cup.
Need to play vs teams other than India: Bayliss
They are bracing up for yet another cricketing battle against India but Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss on Monday said his players need to play against other top sides also for exposure.
England cruise to 9-wkt win over Pak
Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott steered England to a nine-wicket victory against Pakistan after lunch on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday to go 2-0 up in the four-match series. England, set 118 to win at Edgbaston, cruised to their target as Strauss, dropped three times, and Trott both finished on 53 not out after the early dismissal of the out-of-form Alastair Cook.
SL, NZ look to dislodge India from No 2 in ODIs
Ross Taylor's Black Caps can dislodge Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side from the second position as early as Tuesday if it wins the tri-series tournament opener, but will need to beat Sri Lanka in its next match to cling on to its new position on the table.
Ishant to miss tri-series opener against Kiwis
India suffered a jolt ahead of Tuesday's tri-series opener against New Zealand, as pacee Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the match due to an ankle injury. The lanky Delhi bowler was to do the duty with new ball along with state-mate Ashish Nehra.
Isaac nominated as ICC vice-president
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday confirmed the nomination of Alan Isaac as the Vice-President from 2010-12. Isaac was the nomination of Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket after their previous nomination John Howard was rejected by a few other members.
India in final of Emerging Players T20 tournament
Defending champions India cruised into the final of the Twenty20 leg of the Emerging Players Tournament, defeating Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) and South Africa in its first two matches in Brisbane.
India take on depleted NZ in tri-series opener
Missing key players and just done with an exhausting drawn Test series, India swiftly shift to the One-day mode as they take on an equally-depleted New Zealand in the opening match of the cricket tri-series starting in Dambulla on Tuesday.
Broad fined for throwing ball at opponent
England bowler Stuart Broad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for throwing the ball at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider, the International Cricket Council said on Monday.
Injury rules Gul out of England Test series
The down and out Pakistan side received a huge blow when their star-performer pacer Umar Gul was ruled out for the remainder of the series against England.
August 08, 2010Fighting Pakistan hold up dominant England
Pakistan, bowled out for just 72 on Friday before England replied with 251, were 291 for nine at stumps, a lead of 112, with two days remaining in the second Test.
England bring in Buchanan to plot Ashes win
Former Australia coach John Buchanan has been appointed as a consultant by England to help Andrew Strauss's team win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years.
Lee heads to India to pursue musical dreams
His cricket career hampered by injuries, dashing Australian pacer Brett Lee is working on his future as a musician and India would be the first stop for his rockstar ambitions.
'Murali's 'parting shot' on Bedi was well timed'
Calling retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan's outburst against his long-time detractor Bishen Singh Bedi a perfect "parting shot", former Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu said that the iconic bowler brilliantly timed his verbal attack on the Indian.
Angry Ejaz Butt storms out of media interaction
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt returned home from England amid speculation of his sacking and cut short a media interaction at the airport after being asked some tough questions.
'Flat pitches made India-SL Test series dull'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels apart from Sachin Tendulkar's tremendous form the just-concluded Test series between India and Sri Lanka turned out to be a rather "dull" affair due to placid tracks.
Ajmal takes five but England still in command
England suffered a first innings batting collapse but still edged nearer to another crushing win over Pakistan, who trailed by 160 runs at close of play on day two of the second Test at Edgbaston on Saturday.
August 07, 2010Stats: Laxman completes 4000 runs in Asia
Statistical highlights on the fifth day of the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.
'Laxman proved why he is called very very special'
VVS Laxman's unbeaten century under pressure showed why he is regarded as "very very special", captain Mahendra Singh said on Saturday, attributing India's series-levelling victory against Sri Lanka to a "collective effort".
SL was better side in Test series: Sangakkara
They let India level the three-match series by not grabbing chances but Sri Lanka was a better side throughout, host skipper Kumar Sangakkara said on Saturday.
SL recall Fernando, Silva for tri-series
Sri Lanka on Saturday included paceman Dilhara Fernando and middle-order batsman Chamara Silva in their 15-man squad for the ODI tri-series against India and New Zealand beginning next week in Dambulla.
I always wanted to win matches for India: Laxman
Veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman, who guided India to a series-levelling win over Sri Lanka in the third Test, on Saturday said he relishes orchestrating wins in difficult situations.
Pakistan captain Butt salutes England bowling
Pakistan captain Salman Butt saluted England's pace attack after being swept aside for just 72 on the opening day of the second Test at Edgbaston on Friday. It was their lowest ever Test total against England who were 112 for two when bad light ended play early.
Laxman's century helps India level series
VVS Laxman's fluent century guided India to a convincing five-wicket victory to level the three match series 1-1 on Day 5 of the third and final Test, at the P Sara Oval, in Colombo, on Saturday.
August 06, 2010England go clear after Pakistan collapse
England were 112 for two wickets in their first innings, a lead of 40 runs over Pakistan, at the close on the opening day of the second Test at Edgbaston on Friday.
India can pull off win in Colombo: Mishra
The third Test is tantalisingly poised after three Indian wickets fell in a chase of 257 but spinner Amit Mishra says India can rely on its batting line up to pull off a series-levelling win against Sri Lanka.
Have been working on my batting: Mendis
He is known to trouble batsmen with his bowling but on Friday Ajantha Mendis sparkled with bat in his hands and the spinner says it's not only him but whole Sri Lanka lower order is working on sharpening the batting skills.
Dhawan ton as India Emerging beat SA
Shikhar Dhawan scored a blazing century as India defeated South Africa by five wickets in a practice match ahead of the Emerging Players Tournament at the Sandgate University in Australia.
Dada rates Champions League T20 teams
Sourav Ganguly will be a television commentator for the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa.
Sri Lanka recover to take control on Day 4
At stumps on day four, India were struggling at 53 for three in 18 overs after being set a stiff 257 for victory, on a pitch offering assistance to the spinners.
August 05, 2010Pre-tournament recovery key to WC success: Sachin
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar is optimistic about India's chances at next year's cricket World Cup and said pre-tournament recovery and maintaining the momentum will be the key to success.
'Chokers' tag not deserved, says Steyn
South Africa do not deserve to go into next year's World Cup with a reputation for choking, fast bowler Dale Steyn told Reuters on Thursday.
Wickets of Sangakkara, Jayawardene crucial: Sehwag
Flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag on Thursday said it is imperative for India to get rid of prolific batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene early on Friday to stand a chance in the third cricket Test.
275 will be decent score to defend: Malinga
With pitch deteriorating fast at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga on Thursday said a 250-plus score would be enough to defend against the famed Indian batting line-up in the third and final Test.
Sehwag's all-round showing puts India on top
Virender Sehwag slammed a quickfire century and then dismissed both the Sri Lankan openers as India ended day three in the third and final Test on a high, at the P Sara Oval, in Colombo, on Thursday. At stumps, Sri Lanka were struggling at 45 for two from 16 overs in their second innings, a lead of 34 runs.
August 04, 2010'We bowled well, turn for batsmen to score big'
The inexperienced Indian bowling attack clicked at a crucial time and it is now the turn of the batsmen to post a big total and put Sri Lanka under pressure in the third cricket Test at Colombo on Wednesday, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said.
Sehwag is the major hurdle for us: Samaraweera
India opener Virender Sehwag would be the key man and getting him out early on Thursday will a major hurdle for the hosts in the third cricket Test, feels Sri Lanka middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera.
Hot spot technology unlikely in 2011 World Cup
The Hot Spot technology, which is used in adjudging close caught-behind and LBW decisions under the ICC's Decision Review System, may not be used for most of the cricket World Cup in South Asia next year due to high cost and shortage of cameras.
Spectators who jeered Yuvraj released
The spectators, who were detained for jeering Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh at the oval stadium, have been released after being handed a warning by the police.
Indian bowlers have not disgraced themselves: Law
Sri Lanka assistant coach Stuart Law was all praise for the Indian attack for their gritty effort but said the home team has more balance in their bowling department to take 20 wickets and win the third cricket Test in Colombo.
Test cricket is outdated concept: Manjrekar
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjerkar said Test cricket is an "outdated concept" and it's time to take Twenty20 cricket more seriously.
Sehwag blast helps India end Day 2 on a high
Virender Sehwag closed in on his second successive century as India ended Day 2 in the third and final Test on 180 for two, in 35 overs in their first innings, in reply to Sri Lanka's 425.
I had no say in Yousuf's recall: Salman Butt
Pakistan captain Salman Butt disclosed that he was kept in dark when the decision to recall senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf for the remaining Tests in England was taken.
Admit Srinivasan's presence at DC meet: Modi
Suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has charged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is shying away from acknowledging that its secretary N Srinivasan attended the Disciplinary Committee hearing held in Delhi to probe into his alleged misdeeds in running of the T20 League.
August 03, 2010Yuvraj shows middle finger to jeering Lankan fans
Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh, who was left out of the playing eleven, on Tuesday lost his cool and showed his middle finger at the Sri Lankan fans who jeered him with "water boy" chants during the third cricket Test in Colombo.
Injury rules Flintoff out of 2010 season
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff suffered yet another injury setback on Tuesday, days before he was due to return from a year on the sidelines, and is ruled out of action for the rest of the season.
Ojha relishes bounce and turn of pitch
After coming a cropper in the first two matches, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha rediscovered some of his lost touch on the opening day of third Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday and he attributed it to the bounce and turn that the wicket was offering.
Pitch drier than expected: Samaraweera
Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera expects the wicket to take spin from the third day as it was drier than expected and said his side would look to pile up runs on Wednesday to press for a win in the second cricket Test against India in Colombo.
Violations of Companies Act in IPL teams: Khurshid
The government said it has found company law violations in the ownership pattern in the several Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket teams and Registrar of Companies has been asked to take penal action.
Batsmen give Sri Lanka Day 1 honours
Captain Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with a brisk 75, while Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera also hit half-centuries, as Sri Lanka took the honours on day one of the third and final Test against India, at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, on Tuesday.
169 Tests and counting. Congratulate Sachin!
Join us in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his latest achievement - for the most capped player in Test history.
August 02, 2010Sri Lanka sweat on Malinga for third Test
Sri Lanka are sweating on the fitness of Lasith Malinga as the fast bowler battles to recover from injury and illness ahead of the third and final Test against India starting in Colombo on Tuesday.
Gambhir to miss third Test, Harbhajan doubtful
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was ruled out of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka after failing to recover from a knee injury which had forced him out of the drawn second match.
'Yousuf's summon by PCB uncalled for'
The Pakistan Cricket Board's move to recall former captain Mohammad Yousuf to the national fold has evoked a strong response from former players, who feels the decision, would adversely impact the team's rebuilding process
'Focusing on India tour for a place in the squad'
Eager to contribute when Australia strive to reclaim Ashes in November, fast bowler Doug Bollinger said he would try to impress the selectors by doing well on the India tour.
World's oldest Test cricketer, and All Black dies
Acclaimed New Zealand sportsman Eric Tindill, a double international who was the world's oldest surviving Test cricketer and an All Black, has died aged 99, a family spokesman said.
Akmal must show character: Salman Butt
Kamran Akmal can bounce back from a difficult Test match in which he underperformed with bat and gloves, Pakistan captain Salman Butt said on Sunday.
Pakistan call Yousuf out of retirement
Former Pakistan captain and senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf has been summoned out of retirement to join the team for the rest of their series in England, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Sunday.
Sehwag loses numero uno status in Test ranking
India opener Virender Sehwag lost his numero uno status after being toppled by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen released in Dubai on Sunday.
August 01, 2010BCCI want my lawyers' recusal from hearing: Modi
Suspended IPL chief Lalit Modi on Sunday claimed that the BCCI disciplinary committee, probing his alleged irregularities, has demanded recusal of his lawyers representing him in the case.
'Modi may not appear before inquiry committee'
Lalit Modi is not expected to appear in person before the BCCI disciplinary committee in the near future as the suspended IPL commissioner is just pressing for recusal of two members of the penal, his lawyer Mohammad Abdi said on Sunday.
Pakistan capitulate to Anderson for record low
James Anderson's match haul of 11-71 helped to wrap up a comfortable 354-run victory over Pakistan, who slumped to their lowest total against England, in the first test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
Pakistan's top order crumbles in record chase
Matt Prior's courageous 102 not out on day three of the first Test helped England recover from early trouble to set Pakistan a world record target of 435 to win at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
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